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Australia vs England Live Cricket Score, Ashes 2013-14 3rd Test Day 2: England 180/4 at stumps; trail by 205 runs

Kevin Pietersen © Getty Images (File Photo)
Kevin Pietersen © Getty Images (File Photo)


Dec 14, 2013


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England end Day Two on 180 for four. At the end, the two key wickets of Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen will dent the confidence of the visitors. Rather than Australian pacers’ aggression, the batsmen are to be blamed for poor shots after working hard to build their innings. Do Read the Day Two report here. Ben Stokes (14) and Ian Bell (9) are the unbeaten batsmen.




Eng 167/4 | Overs 63 | Ian Bell 5*, Stokes 5*


England’s run-scoring has slowed down considerably since Pietersen’s wicket. Stokes and Bell are in no hurry to play their shots. Nathan Lyon is getting a bit of bounce and turn. Concedes four byes in the over.




Eng 158/4 | Overs 58 | Ian Bell 2*, Stokes 2*


Ian Bell and Ben Stokes have toned down the aggression after Kevin Pietersen’s wicket. Both batsmen have been careful not get carried away. Bell has been England’s dependable bastsman and will be the key to their fortunes after they lost a two quick wickets of Cook and Pietersen.




Eng 146/4 | Overs 52 | Ian Bell 0*, Stokes 0*   OUT! Pietersen 19(59)


Kevin Pietersen has gifted his wicket away. Poor shot against Siddle. Mistimes a pull shot and is brilliantly caught by Mitchell Johnson at mid-on. Big wicket for Australia. Two new batsmen at the crease. The spectators are thrilled and Siddle is all charged up roaring at the top of his voice.




Eng 136/3 | Overs 49 | Pietersen 9*, Ian Bell 0*   OUT! Cook 72(153)


Cook’s resistance finally comes to an end with a loose cut shot. Caught by David Warner at point. He worked hard and has thrown his wicket away with a poor shot.




Eng 123/2 | Overs 46 |  Cook 60*, Pietersen 8*


An unlike Pietersen innings. He loves to dominate at the start but it’s been over an hour that he got to double digit. After being stuck on four, Pietersen manages to get his first boundary off Mitchell Johnson. A determined show by both the batsmen with Cook being equally watchful.




Eng 108/2 | Overs 42 |  Cook 51*, Pietersen 3*


It’s a fighting half-century from Alastair Cook. He has been patient against the pacers and looks set for a big score.






Eng 97/2 | Overs 38 |  Cook 45*, Pietersen 3*


Mitchell Johnson testing Kevin Pietersen with short stuff and he does well to play a few and evade the others. This will be a crucial partnership. Johnson is bowling well. Alastair Cook on the other end is rock solid.




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It was a good session for England until Carberry went for 43 and Root fell for a tough caught behind call. England are still 294 behind as they enter tea at 91 for two with Alastair Cook unbeaten on 42. Do read the tea report here.



Eng 90/2 | Overs 31 |  Cook 41*, Pietersen 0*  OUT! Root 4(16b)


Big shout against Joe Root and he is given out by Marais Erasmus. Root instantly goes for a review. It takes a long time to find a conclusive evidence. For a moment it seemed he hadn’t nicked it but Erasmus choses to stand by his decision. Watson strikes and that’s a crucial blow for England before tea.




Eng 85/1 | Overs 26 |  Cook 40*, Root 0*   OUT! Carberry 43(76b)


There it is, Ryan Harris gets the big breakthrough. Michael Carberry is bowled. Harris comes round the wicket and bowls it into the batsman. Carberry thinks of leaving it but hangs his bat in the air and the inside edge crashes into the stumps. A poor leave and Carberry has wasted his hard-fought innings.





Eng 72/0 | Overs 21 |  Cook 35*, Carberry 35*


England openers look determined to take the team to a good score. After surviving the initial nervousness, both Carberry and Cook look settled. It was the first over after drinks from Lyon and Carberry is defensive. Cook is batting on 35 for almost five overs now.




Eng 62/0 | Overs 16 |  Cook 35*, Carberry 25*


Back to Back boundaries for Alastair Cook against Shane Watson. Cook is slowly starting to go for his strokes. The England skipper smashes two well-timed strokes through the covers. That will certainly give a lot of confidence to him.




Eng 39/0 | Overs 12 |  Cook 19*, Carberry 18*


Mitchell Johnson is already giving some tough time to the openers. Carberry is being tested with some short-pitched stuff. He survived an out-of-control pull shot from being caught in the previous over by Peter Siddle.




Eng 34/0 | Overs 9 |  Cook 18*, Carberry 14*


Australian pacers have the openers under some pressure. Carberry in this over from Harris is drawn to play a drive but misses it. He survived a close chance in the previous over by Johnson edging between Michael Clarke and Steve Smith in the slips.




England openers Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke survive some nervous moments early on as England go in to lunch at 24 for no loss. Do read the lunch report here.


Eng 13/0 | Overs 3 |  Cook 7*, Carberry 5*


Dropped! Tough chance for Steve Smith at third slip. Alastair Cook tries to work the ball away on the leg-side but gets a leading edge. Smith couldn’t have seen the ball as Cook was turning it on the on side. The ball flew past him and Smith only managed to get a hand to it. On the last ball of that over from Harris, Cook plays a beautiful straight drive for four.




Eng 0/0 | Overs 1 |  Cook 0*, Carberry 0*


Good first over from Ryan Harris. It’s a maiden. Hint of swing for the pacer and Alastair Cook is watchful. Will be interesting to see how England go about with just around 15-20 minutes to go for lunch.




Aus 385 | Overs 103.3 |  Lyon 17*  OUT! Siddle 21(36)


385 it is for Australia. A good total on Perth where the average first innings total is 309. Peter Siddle is the last man out edging to Matt Prior giving Tim Bresnan his first wicket in the match.




Aus 370/9 | Overs 100 |  Siddle 15*, Lyon 9*


Some valuable runs being added by Nathan Lyon and Peter Siddle. The hosts are inching towards 400.




Aus 354/9 | Overs 96 |  Siddle 8*, Lyon 0* OUT! Harris 12 (19b)


Not much damage done by Harris. The batsman comes on the front foot and the edge flies to gully. Anderson gets his second wicket of the morning. Almost all boundaries on the second morning were edges that flew in that area. England have done well to restrict the Aussies. Last man Nathan Lyon has come in to bat.







Aus 338/8 | Overs 92 |  Siddle 4*, Harris 1*   OUT!  Smith 111 (208b)


Matt Prior seems to be an expert in calling for DRS. This time it results in the dismissal of the key batsman Steve Smith. James Anderson gets the ball to move into the right hander. Smith is beaten as the ball sneaks through his bat-pad. England fielders were enthusiastic and Prior immediately indicated to Cook for a review. The umpire has a close look at it and finally the snicko confirmed the feather edge.




Aus 326/7 | Overs 89 |  Smith 103*, Siddle 0*  OUT! Johnson 39 (62)


Early wicket for England. Stuart Broad bowls a much better length than he did on first day. It’s a fuller delivery and Johnson tentatively goes for a forward defensive shot and the ball flies to Matt Prior who takes a neat catch moving to his left. Peter Siddle is the new batsman.




Aus 326/6 | Overs 88 |  Smith 103*, Johnson 39*


James Anderson starts off with a maiden. Smith is watchful and doesn’t show any intent of going for his strokes early on. Good bounce and carry available for Anderson on the second morning.




Well, the temperatures are soaring at Perth and the cracks are evident.



Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of Day Two of third Ashes Test at Perth. I am Abhijit Banare and I will be bringing you the live updates of the match. With Steve Smith unbeaten on 103, Australia will look to consolidate and touch the 400-run mark and build a firm control over the Test. 400 on the Perth wicket could well be a formidable first innings total. Mitchell Johnson is batting on 39 along with Smith. Johnson’s big hits towards the end of the first day further frustrated the England pacers after the 124-run stand between Brad Haddin (55) and Smith.


Do watch Steve Smith speaking about his brilliant ton here.


You can catch the Day One Report here.

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